Word of Wisdom
Aggrieve: to afflict with pain, distress, anxiety, etc.
‘The symptoms of Lupus can be very aggrieving to those that live with it.’
"He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors." ~Chinese Proverb
"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint." ~Mark Twain
"Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot." ~Dutch Proverb
Lupus: an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain. In an autoimmune disorder like lupus, the immune system cannot tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies attack itself. Which causes inflammation, pain and damage in various parts of the body.
- Inflammation is considered the primary feature of lupus.
- There are four types of lupus: discoid, systemic, drug-induced and neonatal lupus.
Who gets it?? Both men & women. The scale shifts heavily toward women -– and even more so toward people of color.
Risk factors?? Being a woman; Being a woman between 15 and 45; Being a African-American or Asian; Having a family history of lupus; Taking any medications that are associated with drug-induced lupus; Being a Smoker.
Diagnosis?? Currently, there is no single laboratory test that can determine whether a person has lupus or not. . Diagnosis is usually made by a careful review of a person's entire medical history coupled with an analysis of the results obtained in routine laboratory tests and some specialized tests related to immune status.
Treatment?? Treatment approaches are based on the specific needs and symptoms of each person. Medications are often prescribed for people with lupus, depending on which organ(s) are involved, and the severity of involvement. Commonly prescribed medications include: Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), Acetaminophen, Corticosteroids, Antimalarials, Immunomodulating Drugs, and Anticoagulants.